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Seasons come to an end for Aspen girls lacrosse, girls soccer, Basalt baseball

Aspen High School girls lacrosse players Kylie Kenny, right, and Georgia Hollander hug while walking off the field after a loss to Castle View in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the AHS turf. The Sabercats won, 10-9. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

The Castle View girls lacrosse team made the most of its tiring trek into the mountains by knocking off undefeated Aspen, 10-9, on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament.

The Sabercats, seeded No. 10 in the inaugural 4A state bracket — girls lacrosse had still been one single classification the last time a season was held in 2019 — held off a late AHS rally to advance.

“It feels so good. Long trip to the mountains, and we made it worth it,” Castle View coach Samantha Silverman said. “So we are really excited. We kind of put everything together that we’ve been doing throughout the season and put it together in this game, and that’s what we like to see. Working together — had lots of assisted goals. It was fun.”

Aspen High School senior Kylie Kenny brings the ball upfield in the girls lacrosse game against Castle View in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the AHS turf. The Sabercats won, 10-9. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

Castle View led 1-0 not even a minute into the game, but Aspen’s Kylie Kenny answered back with her own goal barely 30 seconds later and it was 1-1 just like that. That led to a 3-1 lead for the Skiers, with another goal by Kylie Kenny and one from her sophomore sister, Michaela Kenny, but the Sabercats finished the half strong and led 4-3 at the midway point.

After taking a 5-4 lead early in the second half thanks to goals by Kylie Kenny and Lindsey Heinecken, Aspen started to see things slip away. The Sabercats scored four straight goals to take an 8-5 lead with about 18 minutes to go, but Aspen rallied to tie the game at 9-all with less than four minutes remaining.

Castle View scored what would be the game-winner with 2:38 on the clock. Aspen had one more good shot on goal, but Georgia Hollander’s attempt was blocked with about 90 seconds to go and AHS never got possession back.

It was the first and only loss of the season for Aspen, which was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, and finishes 10-1 overall. It was the second straight undefeated regular season for the Skiers, who also won the league championship.

The team only has one senior, that being future University of Denver lacrosse player Kylie Kenny, so the Skiers should be in a good position to make a return to the top of the state’s hierarchy next spring.

Castle View improved to 7-5 overall and will play No. 3 seed Grand Junction in Monday’s semifinal game. Grand Junction was a 14-10 winner over No. 11 Northfield on Saturday.

The Sabercats also beat Aspen in the 2017 playoffs, winning 12-8 on the AHS turf.

“It was fun to come back and play them again, and win again,” Silverman said, noting they rarely play any of the mountain teams outside of the playoffs. “We are excited. And really that’s better for us. It’s good to just come out and play our game and that’s what we did today.”

Aspen girls soccer loses in state quarterfinals

The Aspen High School girls soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 10 seed Colorado Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The Mustangs (9-2-1) move on to face No. 3 Vail Mountain in the semifinals on Wednesday. VMS beat No. 6 The Academy on Saturday, 2-1.

Aspen finishes the season, the first played under coach Chris Ellis, 7-4-1 overall. The Skiers, seeded only No. 15 in the 16-team 3A tournament, had knocked off No. 2 Manitou Springs in the first round, 5-1.

Basalt baseball goes 0-2 at state tournament

The Basalt High School baseball team’s run through the postseason ended Saturday with its second loss in the Class 3A state tournament.

The Longhorns opened the double-elimination tournament on Friday with an 11-3 loss to The Classical Academy, sending them into the loser’s bracket. Saturday morning, BHS lost 9-4 to Colorado Academy to eliminate them from the tournament.

The Longhorns finish the season 13-7 overall. BHS had upset higher-seeded Alamosa and Gunnison in the regional tournament last week to make the surprise trip to the Front Range for the state tournament.

Still standing for the conclusion of the 3A tournament next weekend are TCA and Eaton (both undefeated in tourney play), as well as Faith Christian and Lutheran, both with one loss.

acolbert@aspentimes.com

Roaring Fork girls lacrosse tops Battle Mountain, awaits 4A state tourney selections

The Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team in action earlier this season against Summit.
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Note: This story has been updated from the original version to reflect that the state tournament is a 12-team, single-elimination format.

The multi-school Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team took care of its end of the deal to secure a bid in the 12-team 4A state playoffs with a 13-8 win over Battle Mountain in Edwards on Tuesday.

Now, the Rams await their postseason fate as the Colorado High School Activities Association prepares to announce bracket seedings on Wednesday. The top four seeds will earn a bye, while the other eight are to play Thursday for the right to advance to the quarterfinal round of the single-elimination tournament.

Roaring Fork ends the regular season at 8-2, finishing second in the 4A Mountain East League behind undefeated and top-ranked Aspen (9-0). The Skiers handed the Rams both of their losses on the season.

The Rams came into the final week of play as the eighth-ranked team in the state in the 4A division, as of June 7.

However, teams just ahead of or behind Roaring Fork in the rankings also scored wins this past week, including a 15-14 win by No. 9 Golden over No. 3 Rocky Mountain on June 10. Whether that was enough to shake up the final rankings remains to be seen.

The Roaring Fork team combines players from three district high schools, including Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork High of Carbondale and Basalt.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Recent high school sports scores and stats

Wednesday, June 2

BASEBALL

Grand Junction 15, Glenwood Springs 4 — GSHS (2-7, 2-4) Stats: Wheatley Nieslanik – 2-for-3, 1 RBI; Blake Nieslanik – 1-for-2, 1 Run.

Coal Ridge 16, Roaring Fork 15 — CR (4-9, 3-6) Stats: Jackson Wade – 3-for-4, 6 RBI, 3 Runs; Logan Simpson 2-for-4, 2 Runs; Brandon Short – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, 1.75 ERA; Jonathan Bolitho – 3 Runs; Alexis Serna – pitching W. RF (2-9, 1-7) Stats: Sebastian Silva – 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 Run; Henry Richardson – 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 3 Runs; Mason Smith – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 Runs; Eddie Hernandez – 2-for-5, 3 Runs; Noel Richardson – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 Runs.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Roaring Fork 17, Battle Mountain 11 — RF (5-2) Stats: Grace Garcia – 3 goals; Riley Dolan – 4 goals, 4 assists; Sophie Hodgson – 5 goals; Samantha Ferry – 3 goals; Libby Claassen – 1 goal, 2 assists; Addie Nolan – 1 goal.

Preps: Glenwood girls soccer scores key win at Palisade

It took another two-overtime game to do it, but the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team grabbed a key 4A Western Slope League win on Saturday at Palisade, 1-0.

After a scoreless 80 minutes of regulation and one overtime period, the Lady Demons finally ended things late in the second OT when senior Tatum Lilly fed fellow senior Maya Elias for the winning goal.

Glenwood (now 3-2-2) needed the win to leap-frog the Bulldogs (3-3) in the WSL standings. Steamboat Springs is still in the driver’s seat at 6-0 on the season.

It was the third straight double-overtime game for the Demons; the first two ending in 1-1 ties to Battle Mountain.

“As a group, we were not satisfied with the two previous ties, and the players made a commitment to each other to leave Palisade with a win. That showed on the field,” Glenwood head coach Matt Chilson said.

After missing several chances to put the game away in regulation, the Demons persisted.

“I was incredibly proud of the girls for doing the little things needed to dominate each phase of the game,” Chilson said.

Next up for the Demons is a Tuesday trip to play Summit, followed by another date with Palisade on Saturday, this one at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood.

Other weekend action

Baseball: Palisade 15, Glenwood Springs 0; Palisade 14, Glenwood Springs 4; Basalt 7, Roaring Fork 6; Basalt 9, Roaring Fork 5.

Track & Field: Glenwood Springs at May 27 Phil Wertman Invitational, Grand Junction.

Boys (top 3 finishers): Reid Swanson, 1st 1600M (4:53.49), 2nd high jump (5-10); Taber Uyehara, 1st 110M hurdles (16.13); 4x200M relay, 1st (1:34.36); Brian Delgado, 3rd 100M (11.89); 4x400M relay, 2nd (3:32.06).

Girls (top 3 finishers): Sophia Connerton-Nevin, 1st 800M (2:23.33), 1st 1600M (5:15.95); Ella Johnson, 3rd 1600M (5:22.12); Maria Carlson, 3rd 800M (2:29.99); Sophia Vigil, 2nd 100M hurdles (18.09), 1st 300M hurdles (48.94); Alexa Helms, 3rd 3200M (13:39.24); Jessie Spires, 3rd 300M hurdles (53.75); 4×400 relay, 2nd (4:19.45);

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Setting the bar: Pole vaulter Phoebe Young locks down another personal best; also selected All-State volleyball

Coal Ridge High School senior Phoebe Young competes in the pole vaulting contest at the Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet May 21.
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Is there a new height she can’t reach?

Phoebe Young, one of the most prolific pole vaulters to come out of Coal Ridge High School in recent memory (male, female — doesn’t matter), captured two consecutive personal bests over the past week.

The college-bound human highlight reel cleared 11-feet, 2-inches during the Coal Ridge Invitational on May 21. Not to be outdone by herself, Young then hoisted her 5-foot, 6-inch build above an 11-foot, 3-inch bar at the High Country Pole Vault meet at West Grand High School in Kremmling last Tuesday.

“I think that it’s awesome,” said Phoebe’s brother, Hitch Young, a collegiate pole vaulter who just got back into town from George Fox University in Oregon and is now helping to coach the Coal Ridge vaulters.

“I’m really excited because I just got back (in time) to witness it,” he said. “Being able to watch her do that, I can tell that she’s got the potential to just keep going up this year, and I have no doubt that she will.”

The new personal records add to the already vast list of accomplishments Young has attained in her auspicious career.

The 18-year-old Titan signed a letter of intent earlier this year to pole vault for St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. As a dominant multi-sport athlete, Young was also selected recently to compete in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State games for volleyball, which were canceled again this year due to COVID-19.

Her high school volleyball career also ended by being named 3A Western Slope League Player of the Year.

When it comes to her success in pole vaulting, however, how in the world does she continue to elevate herself to new heights? Her sophomore year, Young nabbed a second-place 3A state finish via an 11-foot vault, only to skip an entire year of track last spring due to the global pandemic.

“I think not having track last year just really, really motivated me to want to kind of make up for it this year,” she said. “A lot of it is that, just kind of having that confidence of, like, I know what I should have been able to do last year and that playing into what I want to be able to do this year.”

Coach Thad Greene said his star pupil is able to gradually raise the bar bit by bit because she’s mentally tough.

Take, for instance, Young’s sophomore year at the 3A State Championships. Despite hard rain and powerful winds literally at one point knocking down the bar on her second attempt (she had to jump out of the way), Young would come back on her third attempt and record an 11-foot vault. The height locked in a second-place finish in all of the 3A class.

“This year, she has the displeasure of being in the Western Slope, where there are no other female vaulters that are anywhere near her height,” Greene said. “And what that means is, she has to vault by herself at every meet, and most people don’t understand what pressure that is. Nor do they understand that it’s a time constraint to where she has less time to recover between each attempt.”

Young has become so dominant, Greene has lobbied the Colorado High School Activities Association for her to compete in the male pole vaulting division.

“It’s not allowed. Trust me, we’ve already talked to CHSAA about it,” he said. “Because that’s the thing: She’s so competitive that she would win possibly all the boys’ events.”

Even her “nonaccomplishments” are impressive.

“I mean, unfortunately, she has a mark this year of 10-foot, six-inches at a meet,” Greene said.

It was the pole vault competition for the Glenwood Springs Invitational, which was hosted at Coal Ridge.

“People might look at that and go, ’Oh, yeah, see. Sometimes she’s not that good,’“ Greene said. ”That was a 20-knot headwind with pellet hail.”

LIFE OF A DAREDEVIL

There is nothing more contentious and heated than a sibling rivalry, and Hitch and Phoebe Young are no exception to this belief.

“Oh, yeah, 100%,” Hitch agreed. “We’re always making fun of each other and, ‘I’m gonna beat you today,’ and Phoebe’s always telling me that she’s gonna beat all my numbers, which I don’t really doubt. Of course, I don’t ever tell her that; you got to make her work for it.”

But when it comes to who’s the more daring, the bigger brother said he prevails.

“I think it would be me,” Hitch said. “I do kind of reckless, self-endangering kind of stuff like that. But Phoebe is definitely not far behind. When it comes to cliff jumping and stuff, I’m usually doing flips and such like that. But then Phoebe’s right there next to me, jumping higher than most of the rest of the guys are, just because she enjoys doing it.”

Another time, to the chagrin of their mother, Heidi, Hitch recalled the sibling tandem free climbing to the top of a 200-foot cliff and taking pictures.

“The wind’s blowing like crazy, and she’s just kind of looking over the edge of a cliff,” Hitch said.

This seemingly insatiable thirst for adrenaline and giving their poor mother a heart attack derives from their daredevil father, Scott. Greene and Hitch each have stories about Scott Young having an unquenchable penchant for cliff-jumping and diving off bridges in the name of fun.

Maybe this is why the Young siblings make such established pole vaulters — a life that saw its start between seventh and eighth grades for Hitch and Phoebe.

“I understand that it’s not safe; I understand that,” Phoebe Young said. “I’m putting myself at risk doing it. But I think just the thrill of not only competition, but you know, being alone easy in the air. It’s so worth it. … It’s the best.”

Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or rerku@postindependent.com.

Preps roundup: Demons LAX splits with Mesa County teams; RF ladies top Steamboat

Glenwood Springs sophomore Jaimie Dolan (No. 22) looks to feed senior Connor Powell (No. 29) against Grand Junction High School on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
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Playing two games this week at Grand Junction’s Canyon View Park, the Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse team earned a split, defeating Grand Junction 10-6 on Tuesday and falling to Fruita Monument 18-6 on Thursday.

Glenwood outscored the Wildcats 3-2 in the third quarter and had one each in the first, second and fourth, but couldn’t recover from an 11-2 start for the host team after the first half of play.

The Demons move to 2-2 on the season ahead of a home game against Grand Junction June 1 at Stubler Memorial Field. Game time is 4 p.m.

Glenwood Springs 10, Grand Junction 6

The Demons scored a 10-6 win Tuesday over Grand Junction behind a 5-point effort from senior attackman and team co-captain Connor Powell (4 goals, 1 assist).

Additional goals came from sophomore attackman Jaimie Dolan, senior midfielder Davis Barill and sophomore midfielders Tyler Johnson, Dylan Madden and Brady Johnson.

Senior co-captain and goalie Peter Zimmer led a tenacious defensive effort with 13 saves.

“Ground balls win games, it’s a pretty simple formula in lacrosse, our boys won the battles tonight on the ground, 45-18 in our favor, their hard work is paying dividends,” head coach Joe Lang said in an email after the game. “We needed this effort to build momentum for the final two weeks of season where we have six games.”

Girls: Roaring Fork 14, Steamboat Springs 4

The Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team got back on track with a 14-4 win on the road at Steamboat Springs Thursday to move to 4-1 on the season.

The Rams have a rematch with league-leading Aspen at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Skiers handed the Rams their only loss of the season in a 12-11 thriller May 17.

Other Thursday scores

Baseball: Basalt 21, Grand Valley 0; Delta 3, Rifle 1

Girls Soccer: Roaring Fork 2, Basalt 0; Delta 4, Coal Ridge 2

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Grand Valley, Roaring Fork players named 2A spring football All Conference

The 2A West All-Conference spring football selections have been announced, and both Grand Valley and Roaring Fork high schools are well represented.

Making the first team in voting by league coaches and also being named All State was Grand Valley nose tackle senior Eric France.

Other Cardinals joining him on the first team were junior running back Emilio Garcia, junior outside linebacker Justice France and sophomore center Jacob Doyle.

Honorable mention selections for Grand Valley were senior kicker Cristian Barragan, junior fullback Brayden Harper and junior corner back AJ Alegria.

Meanwhile, the Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale had two first team All-Conference selection in senior linebacker/running back Ruben Samuelson and junior running back/outside linebacker Blake Thomas.

Honorable mentions for the Rams went to sophomore linebacker/running back Brady Samuelson, sophomore running back/corner back Oscar Barraza, sophomore tight end/linebacker Walter Burger and sophomore lineman Jose Munoz.

Grand Valley and Roaring Fork played this spring in the one-off 2A West league along with St. Mary’s, Buena Vista, Manitou Springs and Estes Park.

The Cardinals made the playoffs, finishing at 3-4 overall with a 40-27 loss May 1 at Estes Park. The Rams finished 0-6 in their first season returning to varsity level play since fall of 2017.

Both teams are expected to return to their normal 1A Western Slope League slate come August.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Recent high school sports scores

BASEBALL

Monday, May 24: Coal Ridge 17, Aspen 3 (CR stats: Brandon Short, 3 for 3, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Austin Price, 2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Jackson Wade, 1 for 3, 1 run, 3 RBI; Nolan Simpson, 2 for 5, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Jonathan Bolitho, 2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Alexis Serna, pitching win, 2.62 ERA)

Cedaredge 15, Roaring Fork 3 (RF stats: Nolan Pierson, 1 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI; Mason Smith, 1 for 3, 1 RBI)

Saturday, May 22: Rifle 15, Steamboat Springs 8; Rifle 11, Steamboat Springs 6; Roaring Fork 11, Aspen 1; Aspen 6, Roaring Fork 5; Delta 16, Coal Ridge 8; Delta 17, Coal Ridge 2

GIRLS SOCCER

Thursday, May 20: Glenwood Springs 1, Battle Mountain 1; Vail Mountain 4, Roaring Fork 1; Coal Ridge 4, Rifle 0

BOYS LACROSSE

Thursday, May 20: Fruita Monument 17, Glenwood Springs 8

Coal Ridge girls win Demon Invitational; Basalt second, Glenwood third

The Coal Ridge High School lady track and field athletes notched 20 top-three event finishes, including eight firsts, en route to a convincing team win at the 40th annual Demon Invitational Track and Field meet Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field.

The Titans amassed 192 team points, followed by Basalt in second with 91 and host Glenwood Springs in third with 88.

In the boys competition, Steamboat Springs took the team title with 89 points. Meeker was second with 81 and Summit third with 75.

Glenwood Springs had five first-place finishes on the day, including two from senior hurdler Taber Uyehara. The first came in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 15.9 seconds. A short time later, Uyehara also claimed first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.65 seconds.

Junior Reid Swanson took first in the high jump with a height of 5 foot, 11 inches.

For the Demon girls, sophomore Sophia Connerton-Nevin won the 1600 meters in 5 minutes, 17.87 seconds, just ahead of junior teammate Ella Johnson who took second in 5:29.97.

Glenwood’s distance duo also went 2-3 in the 3200 meters, with Johnson taking second in 11:39.66 and Connerton-Nevin third in 11:47.86. Basalt senior Sierra Bower won the event in 11:31.18.

Top-3 Demon Invite event finishers by area school

BOYS

Glenwood Springs: Brian Delgado, 2nd 100M (11.52), 3rd 200M (23.94); William Berkheimer, 3rd 800M (2:10.07); Taber Uyehara, 1st 110M hurdles (15.90), 1st 300M hurdles (42.65); 4×400 relay, 2nd (3:42.64); Reid Swanson, 1st high jump (5-11).

Coal Ridge: 4×100 relay, 1st (45.58); 4×200 relay, 2nd (1:35.07); 4×400 relay, 3rd (3:50.32); 4×800 relay, 2nd (8:52.28).

Roaring Fork: Ross Barlow, 2nd 1600M (4:50.74); Samuel Schoon, 3rd long jump (18-9); 4×800 relay, 3rd (9:10.61);

Rifle: Daniel Carreon, 2nd 300M hurdles (44.41), 2nd long jump (19-8.5), 1st triple jump (40-8).

Basalt: Rulbe Alvarado, 1st 100M (11.24); 1st 200M (22.98);

GIRLS

Glenwood Springs: Maria Carlson, 3rd 800M (2:33.96); Sophia Connerton-Nevin, 1st 1600M (5:17.87), 3rd 3200M (11:47.86); Ella Johnson, 2nd 1600M (5:29.97), 2nd 3200M (11:39.66); Ruby Patch, 2nd 100M hurdles (18.05), 3rd 300M hurdles (51.92); Sophia Vigil, third 100M hurdles (18.21), 2nd 300M hurdles (50.78); 800M medley relay, 2nd (1:59.68); 4×400 relay, 1st (4:23.30)

Coal Ridge: Railey Largent, 2nd 100M (13.63); Peyton Garrison, 1st 200M (25.49), 2nd 400M (59.13), 2nd long jump (15-8.2); Mikayla Cheney, 2nd 800M (2:22.99), 3rd 400M (1:00.68); Reanna Nelson, 1st 100M hurdles (17.39); 4×100 relay, 1st (53.34); 4×200 relay, 2nd (1:50.86): 800M medley relay, 1st (1:54.60); 4×400 relay, 2nd (4:37.99), 4×800 relay, 2nd (11:05.04); Marin Simons, 1st high jump (5-2), Natalie Smythe, 3rd triple jump (32-8); Phoebe Young, 1st pole vault (10-6); Taylor Wiescamp, 1st discus (103-7), 1st shot put (37-1); Addy Davis, 3rd discus (95-8), 3rd shot put (30-7.5); Maddie Markovich, 2nd shot put (31-6).

Roaring Fork: Lily Nieslanik, 1st 100M (13.50), 3rd long jump (15-8).

Rifle: 800 medley relay, 2nd (2:04.81).

Basalt: Katelyn Maley, 1st 400M (59.00), 1st 800M (2:19.08); Sierra Bower, 1st 3200M (11:21.18), 3rd 1600M (5:32.02); Kaitlin Boothe, 3rd 100M (13.85); Ava Lane, 3rd 200M (27.64); 4×800 relay, 1st (10:42.67); Katie Bohannan, 2nd high jump (4-10), 1st long jump (15-11), 2nd pole vault (7-8).

HOTCHKISS INVITATIONAL

Competing at the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday, the Grand Valley High School Cardinals scored several top-three finishes.

Girls: Jaycee Pittman, 3rd 800M (2:43.5); Alex Mendoza, 3rd 1600M (6:27.54), 3rd 100M hurdles (17.38), 3rd 300M hurdles (51.38); 800 medley relay, 3rd (2:03.60).

Boys: Kade Sackett, 1st triple jump (37-8); Hector Delacruz, 2nd 400M (56.08); Keaton Jansen, 3rd 800M (2:20.66).

 

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Preps roundup: Roaring Fork lacrosse too much for Summit Tigers, scores 21-1 win

Roaring Fork sophomore Sophie Hodgson holds on as Summit freshman Ella Rader attempts to knock the ball loose in high school lacrosse action Thursday in Carbondale. The host Rams won 21-1 over the Tigers.
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A lop-sided 21-1 win for the Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team at home in Carbondale against Summit County Thursday improved the Rams to 2-0 on the young season ahead of a pair of crucial games in the 4A Mountain East league.

The Roaring Fork team, which combines players from Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Basalt high schools, scored early and often against the visiting Tigers, taking a double digit lead at the half and never letting up.

Senior captain Riley Dolan scored five goals on the afternoon. Senior Samantha Ferry and sophomore Sophie Hodgson had four goals each, and sophomore Addie Nolan contributed three goals to the winning effort.

The Rams face Steamboat Springs at home on Saturday (11 a.m. game time) and travel to play defending league champion Aspen at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Girls soccer

Glenwood Springs 5, Eagle Valley 0

The Lady Demons scored two goals in the first half and three in the second to defeat Eagle Valley on the road and earn their first win of the season.

Glenwood improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in league, and will again play Eagle Valley next Tuesday, this time at home.

Also Thursday, it was Roaring Fork playing Aspen to a 1-1 tie, while Basalt won over Coal Ridge, 1-0.

Baseball

Roaring Fork 17, Rifle 16

Rifle held a 5-3 lead going into the third inning, before visiting Roaring Fork exploded for nine runs.

The Bears earned four back in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth and made a comeback with six in the bottom of the seventh. Roaring Fork added one each in the fourth and fifth and three in the top of the seventh, then held on for the one-run win.

Freshman Noel Richardson knocked in two runs for the Rams, while junior Henry Richardson, junior Nolan Pierson and senior Finn Leahy had one RBI each. Sophomore pitcher Eddie Hernandez recorded seven strikeouts for Roaring Fork.

Roaring Fork improves to 1-2 on the season. The Rams travels to play Delta for two games on Saturday.

The Bears were led by sophomores Austin Bowlan and Brandon Marques with three RBIs each. Junior Caidyn Wilcox and sophomore Connor Abbott had two RBI each, and junior Easton Phillips and senior Jared Haxton knocked in one each. Freshman pitcher Logan Gross had six strikeouts for the Bears.

Rifle falls to 0-2 and plays Battle Mountain at home next Tuesday.

Note: The score in the Roaring Fork-Rifle baseball game has been revised from an earlier report that was based on an incomplete result posted to Maxpreps.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.